Samsung has announced that its 2012 lineup of Smart TVs and Smart Blu-ray players will be getting Verizon's FiOS TV app. This means that if you're a FiOS TV subscriber, you will be able to access the service directly from your new Samsung connected device. There's no need for the additional set-top box.
The new push in DVR tech for your home is the whole home DVR system and they are grand. It's so great to have content you can record on any TV and then playback on any TV. Verizon has a new device that it is working on for late 2012 launch that is a fiOS TV media server.
The fine game-oriented folks at Verizon are this month tending to the Xbox 360 crowd with an offer for FiOS internet, TV, and phone that'll give users a free copy of Halo: Anniversary as well as Xbox LIVE Gold for 12 months. The best part about it is that there's no annual contract requirement, and your price per month is locked in for two years. And Halo: Anniversary - how could you do without that if you're a true Halo fan? You absolutely cannot, that's the answer to that.
It was just this past Sunday when the strikes began across the USA, Verizon workers from Washington D.C. all the way to Massachusetts protesting Verizon's demands of "over 100" concessions to be made on the part of Verizon workers in the face of falling profits. Affected Verizon customers include those working with Internet service, land line phones, and Verizon's FiOS television. What's happening today is Verizon seeking injunctions against these strikers to prevent "illegal" and "reprehensible" strike activities to continue.
Today workers from Washington D.C. to Massachusetts went on strike one day earlier than originally planned as a new contract failed between Verizon and phone repair technicians, customer service representatives and cable installers. This new contract included health care coverage, pensions and work rules was stalled upon Verizon demanding 100+ concessions from workers. The Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) went on strike today and say they will continue until an agreement is met.
Verizon today unveiled its next-generation FiOS TV service. The revamp includes 25 new features in their Interactive Media Guide (IMG) that all aim to bring improved search capabilities, easier navigation, better customization, more DVR features, and 3D content detection.
Verizon has demonstrated streaming Full HD 3D 1080p video over FiOS fiber-optic networks. The system promises double the quality of some rival systems, and uses a Panasonic Blu-ray player on the receiving end.
Verizon is transitioning its FiOS TV broadcast system over to the same IP delivery technology as its video-on-demand and widgets, opening the door to a FiOS TV app which could allow subscribers to access their services on an iPad or other tablet, smartphone or other device. Verizon exec Joe Ambeault told Zatz Not Funny that, while subscribers won't see any difference in their traditional TV experience, the new system will allow far greater flexibility in the sort of devices FiOS TV is viewed on.
Verizon has bumped the speed of its FiOS fiber-optic internet service, launching a new, 150/35 plan that offers up to 150 Mbps downloads and up to 35 Mbps uploads. The new ultra-high-speed plan is the fastest available in the US, though you'll have to live in one of the 12.5m homes that Verizon currently offers service to.
Meanwhile Verizon has promised to have the 150/35 option available to all of their existing FiOS small-business customers by the end of 2011. As for what you can do with it, a 2hr SD movie (around 1.5GB) will download in under 80 seconds, while the same HD movie (5GB) takes less than 4.5 minutes.
I wish I were in an area served by Verizon's FiOS service. It sounds really cool and if you are lucky enough to be in one of the served areas a new feature is coming soon that will let you download video to up to five different devices to watch wherever you might want to watch. The service is called Flex View.